Jul 16, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
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Tyler Clippard is congratulated by Jhonatan Solano following a harrowing ninth inning.
MIAMI — Rarely does Tyler Clippard enter a ballgame with the Nationals leading by more than three runs. So perhaps he merely wanted to feel more at home yesterday when he entered for the bottom of the ninth holding a 4-0 lead and then immediately loaded the bases to bring the tying run to plate.
"No, I didn't want to do that at all," Clippard said with a laugh afterward.
He could afford to smile about the situation because he had somehow managed to wriggle his way out of the self-inflicted jam. After surrendering a leadoff single to Greg Dobbs and then issuing back-to-back walks to Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck, Clippard calmly struck out Justin Ruggiano. Then he got Jose Reyes to pop out to the catcher and Omar Infante to loft a foul out down the right-field line,Read more »
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